from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Disparaging; belittling: a derogatory comment.
- adj. Tending to detract or diminish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Tending to derogate, or lessen in value of someone; expressing derogation; detracting; injurious.
- adj. When referring to a clause in a testament: a sentence of secret character inserted by the testator alone, of which he reserves the knowledge to himself, with a condition that no will he may make thereafter shall be valid, unless this clause is inserted word for word; – a precaution to guard against later wills extorted by violence, or obtained by suggestion.
- n. A trade-line on a credit report that includes negative credit history.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Tending to derogate, or lessen in value; expressing a low opinion; expressing derogation; detracting; injurious; -- with from, to, or unto.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Detracting or tending to lessen by taking something away; that lessens extent, effect, estimation, etc.: with to, sometimes from.
- Synonyms Depreciative, discreditable, disgraceful.
- n. A derogatory act or statement; a disparagement.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. expressive of low opinion
From Late Latin dērogātōrius, from Latin dērogāre; corresponding to derogate + -ory. (Wiktionary)